“Game of Thrones” Prequel Series Finds Lead

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HBO has cast Paddy Considine as the lead of its Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon.

Taking the throne as King Viserys Targaryen, Considine is the first official cast member to join the show. 

House of the Dragon is set a few hundred years prior to the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of House Targaryen. According to Entertainment Weekly, “King Viserys Targaryen is chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But good men do not necessarily make for great kings.”

The 10-episode series is set to air in 2022. House of the Dragon was co-created by George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, and is based on Martin’s book Fire & Blood.